CHIEFS TEAM NEWS Pumas prop Exeter debut today

exeter ChiefslogoArgentinian international prop Enrique Pieretto makes his first start for Premiership pacesetters Exeter Chiefs at London Irish today (1430).

Chiefs director of rugby Rob Baxter has been forced to change his winning formula with England prop Harry Williams suspended following his red card against Saracens.

Jannes Kirsten comes into the engine room in place of Jonny Hill and Don Armand start in the back-row with Jacques Vermeulen sitting this weekend out. Behind the scrum, vastly experienced Gareth Steenson starts at fly-half, while Sam Hill comes into the centre alongside Ollie Devoto.

Exeter Chiefs starting 15 Stuart Hogg 14 Jack Nowell 13 Ollie Devoto 12 Sam Hill 11 Olly Woodburn 10 Gareth Steenson 9 Nic White 1 Alec  Hepburn 2 Luke Cowan-Dickie 3 Enrique Pieretto 4 Jannes Kirsten 5 Dave Dennis (capt) 6 Dave Ewers 7 Don Armand 8 Sam Simmonds

Ready on the bench 16 Elvis Taione 17 Ben Moon 18 Marcus Street 19 Sean Lonsdale 20 Matt Kvesic 21 Stuart Townsend 22 Joe Simmonds 23 Phil Dollman


Scotland World Cup star Jonny Gray is teaming up with Exeter Chiefs.

The 25-year-old will head to Sandy Park at the start of next season on a two-year deal, bringing to a close a hugely successful spell with Glasgow Warriors.

The Scotland lock is Rob Baxter’s first confirmed new arrival ahead of the 2020/21 season – and comes just 12 months after international team-mate Stuart Hogg agreed a similar switch.





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